Tuesday, October 21, 2014

All Saints Scavenger Hunt {Another Printable Party Game Featuring 16 Additional Saints & New Clues!}

A couple years ago we created an All Saints Scavenger Hunt {Printable Party Game!} for our annual All Saints Party and shared it here at Shower of Roses. This year I have a second version of the game to share!

Like last time, I have printed 16 saint cards which I will hand out to 16 of the adults. The children will each receive the list of clues, and they will need to match each clues to the correct saint. Once the child thinks he knows who it is, he will ask the person representing (holding the picture of) the saint. If he is correct the "saint" signs the line next to the correct clue on his child's clue sheet. You can see some pictures of the game being played here.

Here are the clues that my husband and I came up with for the second version of this game:
Unless, of course, you'll be at our party… In that case please skip the rest of this post! ;)

Download All Saints Scavenger Hunt Clue Sheet
(the printable file includes the answer sheet)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Bargain Priced Books :: The Little Drummer Boy

I know I should be making plans for Our Annual All Saints' Party at the end of the month, but I got a little distracted this afternoon thinking about Christmas and trying to choose a couple more picture books to give the children on St. Nicholas Day this year. (It's less than 7 weeks away!) 

The hardcover/library edition of The Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Jack Keats is currently 43% off!  
The paperback edition is still less (and currently 22% off!), but I always try to purchase hardcovers for our collection when possible. They hold up so much better to all the love they receive in our home! 

We've always enjoyed The Little Drummer Boy, when we've checked it out from the library, and it was mentioned at least a few times last year when I asked you all to share your favorite Christmas books for children.  It is finally going to end up in our collection either on the feast of St. Nicholas or in one of the "stacks of books" on Christmas morning! 

Now I just need to figure out what to do about this year's Advent Candles. . . I'm tempted to switch to tapers so I can purchase the gorgeous 100% Beeswax Advent Candles hand-poured by the Dominican Nuns of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary at The Cloister Shoppe!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Our Lady of Czestochowa by Saint Luke

October 18th is the feast of St. Luke, Evangelist and Artist. Tradition holds that the original Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, the "Black Madonna," was actually painted by St. Luke on a cypress table used by the Holy Family!

"While the icon's location during the early years are hard to determine, it is believed that the icon was brought from Jerusalem by St. Helen in the fourth century and was enshrined in Constantinople in 500 years, before being transferred to the royal palace at Belz in Ukraine for the next 600 years, then arriving in its present home in the Jasna Gora monastery in Czestochowa, Poland in 1382." (source: pamphlet) 

During our recent visit to my brother-in-law's parish we were blessed to be able to see and venerate the pilgrim icon that is currently making it's way From Ocean to Ocean in Defense of Life!

Chiquita immediately recognized Our Lady of Czestochowa from her Shining Light Collectible Doll!

You can actually order a free prayer card that has been touched to the pilgrim icon here

Jenn shared some great ideas for celebrating the feast of St. Luke over at Catholic Culture and I just posted some simple cookies over at Catholic Cuisine

Happy Feast of St. Luke!

{this moment}

It's all fun and games… until St. Michael loses a leg! 

Catholic Women Rejoice in Seven Quick Takes

It's been so hard to squeeze in blogging lately, but I finally have a few minutes at the computer this morning and want to share some pictures from our last stop on our recent road trip.  You can find my first post here with pictures from Idaho, Seven Quick Takes from Seattle here, and Our Visit to the American Girl Store here. Here are 7 Quick Takes from Catholic Women Rejoice!

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The last stop on our recent road trip was Portland/Vancouver for the Catholic Women Rejoice! conference. It was my first time attending and I was so excited to finally get to meet Danielle Bean, my editor at Catholic Digest! (I have a deadline this upcoming week for the Jan/Feb issue which will begin my 3rd year of writing the Quiet Moments/Celebrate section!) After nine very full days on the road I was exhausted, but I'm so glad I was able to attend the conference and it was so great to meet Danielle!

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I also had the pleasure of meeting Lisa Hendy, Teresa Tomeo, Lisa Ferry and Sterling Jaquith (the conference organizers), and quite a few online friends!

Danielle gave a talk all about how "God Equips The Called" which was excellent, and it was really interesting to hear Teresa Tomeo's testimony "From Secular Anchor to Media Evangelist.

— 3 —

Lisa Hendy, author of A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms and The Handbook for Catholic Moms, provided some great Ice Breakers and Games throughout the day. My favorite was CERTAINTY, The Opposite of Jeopardy! and I'm thinking about trying to incorporate a variation of it into our Annual All Saints Party this year. 

There were so many women of all ages attending the conference, including many mamas with babies! 

— 4 —

The schedule for the day also included Holy Mass offered by Father Juan Gonzales, who I first met last year at our Goddaughter's baptism

Speaking of our Goddaughter, here it what she was up to during Mass. It was such a joy to see her again and catch up with her Mama, my dear friend Ursula (Rose's Godmother). The girls actually spent the day having a blast with her Daddy (Rose's Godfather) and all her siblings. 

— 5 —

Ursula was actually helping out with the Soul Gardening Journal booth during the conference. You can sign up for this excellent FREE (provided exclusively by donations!) magazine here. I've been receiving it for years and it's just lovely.

— 6 —

The conference organizers kindly invited me to attend a special dinner with the speakers after the conference! 

I happened to switch places with Lisa for a few minutes, while she was visiting with another women at my end of the table, and Becky snapped this picture! :)  Thanks for sending me a copy! 

— 7 —

While we were in the Portland area we were hosted by Becky and her family! Becky and I have emailed back and forth a number of times over the years and it was so awesome to finally get to meet her and her super fun family! I really hope we can visit again someday. It was such a blessing to make so many amazing new friends on our trip!

You can click over to Becky's blog to see a few more pictures from our visit.  Please keep Becky in your prayers as she prepares to welcome her 6th baby any day now!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Our Visit to the American Girl Store

Ever since our girls received their very first American Girl dolls on Christmas morning in 2010, they have been requesting American Girl birthday parties, collecting additional Historical dolls (and accessories, clothing and furniture) received as gifts on their birthdays and Christmas (you can see how we organize it all here), dressing their dolls up as saints, completing unit studies and lap books based on the Historical dolls, and dreaming about someday visiting an actual American Girl store...

That dream finally came true during our recent visit to Seattle a couple weeks ago!

"Mom! Stop taking pictures so we can go explore!"

I was disappointed that we didn't have an opportunity to visit before all the recent new "Beforever" changes to the Historical doll line, but the girls loved seeing all the new outfits including Kit and Addy's new "rich clothes!" See, even a 9 year old can tell that the new "Meet" outfits look way too expensive for the cooresponding time periods! ;)

However, even I couldn't argue that Samantha does look so much prettier in pink… and just look at that darling Lacy Parasol! ♥

Next Twinkle Toes went searching for Caroline…

… and Chiquita headed straight for the Josefina display.

Being a weekday during the school year we pretty much had the whole store to ourself!

We had a little time before our reservations at the Bistro so we visited the Doll Salon to make an appointment for Josefina.

Caroline and Emily just needed a new brush, but the kind hair stylist offered to "show us how to use the brush" on their hair as well and soon everyone was looking their best for our Afternoon Tea and Craft!

I had never told the girls much about the American Girl stores and the "oohs" and "aahs" when we walked into the PINK Bistro, and when they realized that even their dolls would get there own seats, were so cute!

The girls all opted for Pink Lemonade instead of Tea and started working on the Beforever Bracelets.

Tea arrived on three tier trays and looked pretty, but it really wasn't anything special and didn't taste that great. The girls all agreed that their mom's teas are more creative and taste SO. MUCH. BETTER! :)  (That made me so happy!) If we ever visit again we'd probably just skip the meal and order a dessert to share.

After we had finished our tea it was time to shop! The girls had been saving their sticker charts for months. (Last spring I started a new sticker reward system for extra chores, summer schoolwork, etc and each completed sticker chart equals a certain amount of money for them to put towards activities or things they would like to purchase.) The sticker charts combined with some birthday gift money from their grandparents and a little extra spending money I gave them for our trip allowed them each to pick out some things from their wish lists! 

Twinkle Toes purchased some of Caroline's clothes and accessories as well as the new Lacy Parasol from the Samantha line. Chiquita purchased the food from the Josefina and Kaya collections as well as Kaya's Winter Accessories.

Rose kept pulling me back to all the beautiful ROSE COVERED (It was during my novena to St. Therese and roses were turning up in random places each and every day!) furniture and accessories in Samantha's collection and we ended up choosing Samantha's Holiday Set to take home.  Isn't it precious?!

We had such a fun filled afternoon creating special memories that will Beforever! ;)

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